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After floods, plague of spiders and snakes plagues Australia – ZAP

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The floods in southeastern Australia have caused a massive exodus of spiders and snakes to residents’ land and housing.

The heavy rains that plagued Australia began last Thursday, March 18, in the state of New South Wales. CNN, the situation worsened last Saturday, with the overflow of the Warragamba dam, which increased the volume of rivers.

On Monday, the governor of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that more than 18,000 people had already been evacuated from the region. Interestingly, the area affected this year by the floods is the same area that, in 2020, faced one of the worst catastrophic droughts and forest fires.

On social networks, there are several images shared by residents that show the plague of spiders and snakes caused by floods.

Matt Lovenfosse, a resident of Kinchela Creek, shared several photos on the Facebook. “It is surprising and bizarre. The spiders went up to the house, to the fence, to all the places where they got it. When the waters rise, the snakes also climb to the trees, ”he told the The Guardian Australia.

No TikTok, user Shenea Varley also shared a video that portrays what happened. The description reads: “They [as aranhas] also go up to the legs looking for shelter if we are not careful ”.

On Wednesday, Australians woke up in the sun, but residents have to prepare for the influx of funnel web spider, writes the Daily Telegraph.

In a statement, Tim Faulkner, from Australian Reptile Park, said that “the approaching hot weather and high humidity levels are the perfect storm for a large flow of funnel web spiders in the coming days”.

Last year, after the forest fires that ravaged the country, a group of experts warned of the danger that deadly spiders would proliferate. Australia is home to at least 40 species of funnel web spider. One is considered the most lethal spider for humans.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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